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1820 Ashley River Rd
phone: (843) 763-7034
(Place added by: GCBrewingCo)
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| Reviews: 20
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Just like pretty much any other that you go into, this was no exception. I try to always visit as many stores as I can when I am in an area, so I hadn't been here and saw it coming up down the road and ran in for a second. Decent selection, nothing really outstanding, but then again I didn't really expect it. Good amount of imports and a great selection of regionals. I thought the singles were a bit lacking to be honest compared to some of the other places I have seen, but hey at least they had a singles section. Overall not a bad place, prices were decent, but I am pretty sure you could find a better selection in a lot of other places, just not sure totally where in this city, hopefully I will be back soon and can find one.
10-15-2007 23:19:17 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is the mega store of the Charleston area. It has a wharehouse like feel and is the kind of store that tries to have everything instead of selecting only higher quality items. Thats not to say that they don't have many great beers, they certainly have a wonderful assortment, its just that you have to navigate through the masses of quality challenged, mass produced products to get them.
The beer is located in the back end of the building, behind the massive wine section of the store. I have found that the specialty beers often seem somewhat neglected. Freshness may be an issue as I have, in a few cases, been looking at the same bottles of certain slower selling beers for as long as the store has been open. I'm sure this is the exception rather than the norm but it leaves some degree of doubt in one's mind. On the other hand, I have, at times, found beers here that I was not able to get elsewhere in the Charleston area. I recently found a Flying Dog Wild Dog (the barrel aged imperial porter) here after the very limited supply that came into the area seemed to vanish as soon as it arrived.
Service is a little unreliable. If you find somebody that knows the products, they can be very helpful. Sometimes you can't find that somebody.
As I said, the selection is very large for the area. The more obscure beers are kept on room temperature shelves while there is a large cooler area that has a good selection of the faster movers.
Prices are usually very good. If you are in the West Ashley area of Charleston, this is probably the best place to buy beer.
06-19-2007 21:07:06 |
More by softcough
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $
This is a great source of quality beers in an area where they are otherwise not available. The selection is above average. The service is outstanding if you reach one of a few select employees, but in general you may find yourself lost. The general beer knowledge is still slightly lacking.
They have available a product list and will add you to their mailing list upon request. In general, they do stock what they list, while it may not be on the shelf and you may need to ask.
Prices are much better than average, especially if you buy in bulk.
I had a great experience at this Total Wine today (3/16/07). If you are ever there, ask for Ernest. He is extremely knowledgeable.
01-28-2007 05:11:27 |
More by MarkSCCOT
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Huge store with a comprehensive selection of both wine and beer. The wine selection is much much larger than that of the beer but there is still more to choose from than anywhere else in the area. I really like the option of singles, in that you can try something without having to fork over the money for a whole six pack. If your looking for a specific off the wall kind of beer the odds are they don't have it, but when it comes to your basic widely available beers they have just about everything. And the prices are usually about a dollar cheaper than anywhere else. There are certainly better places to find unique beers in the area and the staff is pretty snooty especially when your are asking beer questions, but overall not too terrible.
01-23-2007 03:45:42 |
More by tigerdoc
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, what a store!
Biggest selection of wine I've ever seen.
Beer selection was also terrific. Lots of craft brews at great prices. Considering the alcohol content limits in SC, they still had a huge selection.
I really liked the singles selection, allowing you to make up a mix 6 pack.
They had sixes ( cold if you wanted ) and twelves of all kinds of beers. European beers were available as singles.
Big store with lots of space. Help was available, if you needed it.
Overall, a great store. Make sure to stop in if you visit Charleston.
01-02-2007 03:34:47 |
More by martinhunter
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Nice selection of craft brews and tons of imports. They organize their singles for making your own six packs by country which is helpful. We unfortunately have no comparable sized place in Knoxville with the selection that TotaI Wine carries. Ergo I am relegated to loading up at total wine during trips to visit my brother & sister in law in Charleston. One knock is that their website only allows you to view their wine stock. There is no mention of beer anywhere, perhaps due to state laws? It's a multistate chain of stores so who knows. I always find a pleasant suprise or two when I visit. Definitely worth a visit despite being a little out of the way.
06-10-2006 20:20:54 |
More by veech
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is diamond in the rough, after visiting this place I will not be going to world market anymore. They had a lot of different beers here. All though I hoped they would have a better sam adams collection I was able to find scotch ale there. They had a lot of sam smith and many american small brews. I found some belgian beers but it was limited since most are to strong for South Carolina law ( I thought prohibition was over) if you live in charleston and like to try new beers this is the only place you need to go.
02-26-2006 02:32:16 |
More by mclanem
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
So selection wise total wine really cannot be beat in charleston. But the main reason for this is the amount of space they have. Only the last two rows of the giant store are devoted to beer, but hey pretty much cover everything available.
Although on my last trip their beer guy was not there....has has been on several visits...he is extremely helpful. But the store is easy to navigate on your own. They have all your macro's and just about every micro, import and craft that I have seen in the state. Price wise I have to say inexpensive just because they have everything as cheap or cheaper than anywhere else(once again this has to do with the size of the opperation).
They also sell just about every beer as a single. If you are afraid to pay that money for the $10 or $11 dollar six pack...you can buy one to try it first.
The experice at the cash register this visit was out of the ordinary, they item I was purchasing rang up at a different price than was marked....it took a good 5 minutes to get it taken care of, but they were very nice about it.
02-19-2006 16:21:40 |
More by jameaterblues
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5
This is one of the better beer selections in the Chucktown area. They are fairly new, but have made a big impact. I've went there a few days ago, and the 6 pack/12 pack selection is great. The singles selection is quite large as well. They've got more of a selection in singles than they do in 6 packs. As far as South Carolina goes, this selection is up around the top. Easily top 3. The staff was helpfull in locateing beers and offering to order other beers they don't have. It's good to see the Charleston area starting to get this onslaught of good beer stores. I thought I was going to be condemned to crappy beer selection due to low alcohol content.
12-22-2004 02:48:03 |
More by JISurfer
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Note: I visited the Total Wine on the day it opened. Things could have changed a smidge since then.
This Total Wine was a great addition in Charleston. The aisles are extremely wide and the store is well lit. It was also impeccably clean. The selection was good and the shelves were constantly being restocked during my visit. I was asked more than once if I needed assistance.
The only thing the store lacked on my visit was a decent single bottle selection. I believe they had stocked the shelves with sixers and did not have extras for the single bottle/make your own sixpack area.
The price was the best thing. By comparison to NC prices on most everything they were better by $1-$1.50 per sixpack. One of the more popular brands in NC was nearly $2 a six less at Total Wine Charleston. I'll stop there again the next time I hit town.
12-21-2004 16:59:22 |
More by GCBrewingCo
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